God’s Shadow: The Making of The Modern World

God’s Shadow: The Making of The Modern World Best Books of the Year * Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, History Today Longlisted * Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Editors’ Choice * New York Times Book Review

“A breathtaking work of global significance. . . . Alan Mikhail offers a bold and highly convincing new method of thinking about the roots of our modern world. . . . A tour de force.” –Greg Grandin

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A long-forgotten part of world history The Ottoman Empire is a center of intellectual passion as well as geopolitical power and the enlightened rule of pluralism. At the peak of their power in the 16th century, the Ottomans had a remarkable military power and control over trade routes had more control over territory and over more people than any other power on earth, and pushed Europeans to move out from the Mediterranean and into in the New World.

However, despite its immense influence and importance to the development of our world today The Ottoman Empire’s history has over long periods been misrepresented, distorted and even disregarded within the Western world. The present Alan Mikhail presents a vitally urgent recasting Ottoman history, recounting the tale of the Ottoman victory over the world with the compelling life of the Sultan Selim I (1470-1520).

Born to a concubine and fourth of his father’s sultan’s 10 sons, Selim wasn’t meant to be the next king. With charisma and military savvy–along with the direction of his talented mother, Gulbahar–Selim seized supremacy over the empire in 1512 and, by a reckless ambition, nearly tripled the size of the territory that was under Ottoman control, creating the governing structure that continued until the 20th century.

 In the meantime Selim was known to his people by the name of “God’s shadow on Earth”–fostered the diversity of religion as well as welcomed Jews as well as other minorities to the empire, promoted education and philosophy and wrote his own poems.

Based on unexplored sources in multiple languages, along with stunning maps and breathtaking illustration, this game-changing book “challenges readers to recalibrate their sense of history” (Leslie Peirce) cleverly utilizing Selim’s story to challenge the the prevailing myths and fables regarding Islamic history as well as the pious “rise of the West” theories that have been in vogue for years. 

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The book is a must read whether it recasts Christopher Columbus’s travels towards “the “Americas” as a bumbling attempt to kill Muslims or demonstrating how the Ottomans let slaves be a part of the elite society, while Christian nations at simultaneously fought the scourges associated with the trade in slaves across the Atlantic God’s Shadow fundamentally alters our understanding of the significance to Selim’s Ottoman Empire in the development of the present.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Liveright; Illustrated edition (August 18, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 163149239X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1631492396
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.9 pounds

Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches

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